When Taylor Swift recently uploaded an image of the Los Angeles landscape, which showed exactly seven palm trees, it could only mean one thing: TS7.
Taylor Swift fans, the time has finally come - new music is coming.
OK, so she hasn’t actually confirmed a new album, but the popstar is leaving a huge trail of serious hints, just like she did with Reputation back in 2017. And, with this week’s news that Swift is once more on the front of Time magazine as one of its top 100 influential people in the world - now is as good a time as any to drop new music.
So, let’s take a look at what we know about Taylor Swift’s new album so far…
The palm tree photo, which was the first big clue, came in February and fan theories have been in overdrive ever since. Swift’s Instagram posts continued to take on a colourful, glossy, bubble-gum aesthetic – a far cry from the dark and moody Reputation days. She then shared a cryptic post about butterflies and wore a pair of Sophia Webster butterfly heels to attend the iHeartRadio Music Awards. This suggest that the butterfly will be the album’s symbol, much like the snake emoji became synonymous with Reputation.
All signs pointed to a rebirth. Then, she gave us a date.
The popstar shared a countdown on her Instagram stories and wrote 4.26 in all of her social media bios. The figure also appeared on her website homepage and fans even shared photos of billboards in Japan and Australia which advertised the date. Surely, this was her way of telling us that the new album is landing on 26 April (just in case you didn’t work that bit out)?
She has since continued to share close-up shots of what is thought to be new artwork for the album. We’ve had sparkling diamonds, multi-coloured nail art, a pink tulle dress and a closeup of her cats Olivia and Meredith. If this recent feed is anything to go by, we are stepping into a much lighter Swift era – potentially pure pop, maybe a bit of country. Love hearts also feature a lot in the imagery, which is thought to be a nod to Swift’s two-year relationship with The Favourite actor Joe Alwyn.
If this isn’t enough to convince fans, there are plenty of theories to support the idea that TS7 is incoming. Here are just a few…
One Swifty shared a post explaining that 4.26 is the same running time of Story of Us, which is the seventh song on her Speak Now album. Coincidence? We think not.
Fans who have taken a closer look at the LA photo are convinced that the four trees on the left represent her country albums (Taylor Swift, Red, Speak Now, and Fearless), while the two on the right represent her pop albums (1989 and Reputation). This means that TS7 is the tree in the middle, representing a blend of the singer’s two styles, or a new one.
Swift all but confirmed the album herself during a speech at last year’s American Music Award where she won the Best Pop/Rock album for Reputation. She said: “Guys, I always look at albums as chapters in my life and, to the fans, I am so happy that you like this one. I’m so happy that this means that you liked this one. But I have to be really honest with you about something. I’m even more excited about the next chapter.” This was pretty much an admission that she was already working on it, right?!
We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. The question is: Are You Ready For It?